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Bacillus subtilis and its close relatives are widely used for the production of enzymes for the detergent, food and beverage industries. These organisms not only produce an appropriate range of enzymes but also have the capacity to secrete them into the culture medium at high concentrations. Purification from the culture medium rather than from the cytoplasm considerably reduces downstream processing costs. In recent years, considerable effort has been aimed at developing B. subtilis as a host for the production of heterologous proteins. The folded state of the target protein at various stages of the secretion pathway has proved to be important. © 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Author(s): Harwood CR, Cranenburgh R
Publication type: Review
Publication status: Published
Journal: Trends in Microbiology
Print publication date: 01/02/2008
ISSN (print): 0966-842X
ISSN (electronic): 1878-4380
PubMed id: 18182292